Introducing Melbourne Artist: Samantha O’Farrell

Name, occupation / What you do for a living? / What you do creatively?

Sam O’Farrell, Artist / I’ve only recently graduated from my honours, so for the most part I’ve been on pretty slim student bank while doing the odd job here and there. My creative ventures are generally focused on ceramics, though not exclusively ceramic object based – I like to span out with a variety of materials and methods. A few months back my friend Seala Lokollo-Evans and myself started to build the groundwork for a project / Shop ‘Pretty Pretty Good Shop’ as a way to tap into the more commercial and functional aspects of our sculptural practices and see how we can bypass the cup and the bowl as the keys to functional ceramics… and of course make a little money.


Where do you live at the moment? / Where do you call home? / Where do you dream to live?

I’ve been living in Melbourne for the good part of 6 years, though right now I’m living the very low-key lifestyle in my home town, Evans head, northern NSW. I’ll be here for the next month until I go to the US where I’ll be doing a residency for a couple of months in Sausalito, California, as a part of the Varda Artist Residency Program – the program takes place on a historic houseboat nestled in an aquatic suburbia, which could also be my dream living situation.


What is it that interests you about art?

It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to materialize your own ideas into form, I also love the sensibility that comes with being a visual person, it definitely enhances the way potentially trivial things morph into something amazing.


What is the inspiration behind your work? / Who inspires you?

My work is inspired by, and makes reference to, the culture of craft and sort of flips it backward and guts out the seriousness ceramics is generally subjected to. Traditionally, the rules of ceramics are pretty rigid, so my work speaks directly to this history in a kind of rebellious and humorous way by using archetypes like fine china decals and kitsch images, particularly images that gesture at magic and folklore. I draw a lot of inspiration from artists like Peter Voulkos and Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, who really embody that gestural, unrefined approach to material. I also spent a bit of time volunteering at Arts Projects Australia last year and was totally in awe of the authentic and expressive work by the studio artists’ there, particularly Patrick Francis and Alan Constable.


Whose Instagram is your favorite at the moment?

@lsdworldpeace @chicojefferson @scenic_simpsons


INSTAGRAM ~ Samantha O’Farrell

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